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Weekend Preview

03/07/2014 6:24 AM -

 

The conclusion of the longest regular season in WSHL history is upon us, as we’ve finally made it to the week 26. Although all 16 playoff contenders have been decided, some are still jockeying for position, including a battle for home ice in the state of Utah.

Below is a statistical preview of each weekend series/game:

Wichita Jr. Thunder (4-38-1, 6th in Midwest Division) @ Texas (23-17-3, 3rd in Midwest Division)

Three-game series in North Richland Hills, Texas

Wichita Jr. Thunder

Home Record: 3-18-0

Away Record: 1-16-1

Neutral Site: 0-4-0

Streak: Lost 26

Head-to-head: 0-3-0

Leading Scorer: Joel Gellvear (43GP, 16G, 28A, 44P)

Top Goaltender: Jake Larson (2-17-1, 6.98 GAA, .861 SV%)

Power Play: 22nd (21-233, 9.01%)

Penalty Kill: 24th (150-217, 69.12%)

 

Texas

Home Record: 11-6-1

Away Record: 10-10-1

Neutral Site: 2-1-1

Streak: Won 1

Head-to-head: 3-0-0

Leading Scorer: Miguel Caron (41GP, 35G, 30A, 65P)

Top Goaltender: Oliver Eklund (11-6-3, 3.29 GAA, .905 SV%)

Power Play: 13th (48-259, 18.53%)

Penalty Kill: 5th (228-267, 85.39%)

* Texas has clinched at least third place in the Midwest Division and can move up to second, depending on their weekend, as well as what the Dallas Ice Jets do against Tulsa. Wichita has been eliminated from playoff contention  *

Dallas Ice Jets (25-15-3, 2nd in Midwest Division) @ Tulsa Jr. Oilers (6-37-0, 5th in Midwest Division)

Three-game series in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Dallas Ice Jets

Home Record: 11-8-2

Away Record: 11-6-1

Neutral Site: 3-1-0

Streak: Lost 1

Head-to-head: 3-0-0

Leading Scorer: Chris Schutz (43GP, 40G, 30A, 70P)

Top Goaltender: Tyler Hough (11-4-2, 2.11 GAA, .925 SV%)

Power Play: 17th (52-286, 18.18%)

Penalty Kill: 3rd (206-237, 87.29%)

 

Tulsa Jr. Oilers

Home Record: 4-14-0

Away Record: 1-20-0

Neutral Site: 1-3-0

Streak: Lost 22

Head-to-head: 0-3-0

Leading Scorer: Derek Smith (33GP, 10G, 10A, 20P)

Top Goaltender: Adam Salisbury (2-5-0, 7.58 GAA, .844 SV%)

Power Play: 24th (7-175, 4.00%)

Penalty Kill: 23rd (132-190, 69.47%)

* Dallas has clinched at least third place in the Midwest Division and can lock-up second with three points or more on the weekend and also depending on what Texas does against Wichita. Tulsa has been eliminated from playoff contention *

Lake Tahoe Blue (19-21-3, 5th in Western Division) @ Fresno Monsters (34-5-4, 1st in Western Division)

Three-game series in Fresno, California

Lake Tahoe Blue

Home Record: 9-11-1

Away Record: 8-8-2

Neutral Site: 2-2-0

Streak: Lost 6

Head-to-head: 1-2-0

Leading Scorer: Edgars Homjakovs (41GP, 17G, 39A, 56P)

Top Goaltender: Troy Turpin (10-10-1, 4.03 GAA, .887 SV%)

Power Play: 20th (39-242, 16.12%)

Penalty Kill: 10th (251-305, 82.30%)

 

Fresno Monsters

Home Record: 12-3-4

Away Record: 19-1-0

Neutral Site: 3-1-0

Streak: Lost 1

Head-to-head: 2-1-0

Leading Scorer: Mike Nolan (38GP, 25G, 33A, 58P)

Top Goaltender: Jerry Kaukinen (15-3-1, 2.46 GAA, .896 SV%)

Power Play: 6th (53-246, 21.54%)

Penalty Kill: 11th (189-231, 81.82%)

* Fresno has clinched first place in the Western Division and will open the post-season at home against Long Beach. Lake Tahoe has been eliminated from playoff contention *

Phoenix Knights 29-12-2, 1st in Mountain Division) @ New Mexico Renegades (5-37-1, 6th in Mountain Division)

Three-game series in Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Phoenix Knights

Home Record: 16-3-2

Away Record: 11-7-0

Neutral Site: 2-2-0

Streak: Won 3

Head-to-head: 3-0-0

Leading Scorer: Mitch Cobby (43GP, 30G, 54A, 84P)

Top Goaltender: Alex Taylor (16-7-1, 2.97 GAA, .904 SV%)

Power Play: 8th (48-228, 21.05%)

Penalty Kill: 6th (175-209, 83.73%)

 

New Mexico Renegades

Home Record: 1-17-0

Away Record: 3-17-1

Neutral Site: 1-3-0

Streak: Lost 5

Head-to-head: 0-3-0

Leading Scorer: Zach Comfort (37GP, 14G, 20A, 24P)

Top Goaltender: Jacob Garvey (1-3-0, 6.00 GAA, .867 SV%)

Power Play: 23rd (15-225, 6.67%)

Penalty Kill: 21st (134-190, 70.53%)

* Phoenix has clinched at least second place in the Mountain Division and can finish first with at least two points on the weekend and depending on what Cheyenne does against Colorado. New Mexico has been eliminated from playoff contention *

Arizona Redhawks (12-27-4, 5th in Mountain Division) @ Boulder Bison (21-22-0, 4th in Mountain Division)

Three-game series in Superior, Colorado

Arizona Redhawks

Home Record: 4-16-1

Away Record: 7-8-3

Neutral Site: 1-3-0

Streak: Won 2

Head-to-head: 1-2-0

Leading Scorer: Oscar Hagborg Olsson (43GP, 35G, 34A, 69P)

Top Goaltender: Troy Anderson (10-6-1, 3.73 GAA, .894 SV%)

Power Play: 8th (133-198, 72.22%)

Penalty Kill: 20th (166-202, 82.18%)

 

Boulder Bison

Home Record: 9-9-0

Away Record: 10-11-0

Neutral Site: 0-4-0

Streak: Lost 5

Head-to-head: 2-1-0

Leading Scorer: Charles Joly (41GP, 16G, 23A, 39P)

Top Goaltender: Colin Champine (12-14-0, 3.50 GAA, .888 SV%)

Power Play: 16th (40-217, 18.43%)

Penalty Kill: 15th (198-247, 80.16%)

* Boulder has clinched fourth place in the Mountain Division and will open the playoffs on the road in either Cheyenne or Phoenix. Arizona has been eliminated from playoff contention *

Dallas Snipers (21-20-2, 4th in Midwest Division) @ El Paso Rhinos (41-2-0, 1st in Midwest Division)

Three-game series in El Paso, Texas

Dallas Snipers

Home Record: 9-11-1

Away Record: 11-7-0

Neutral Site: 1-2-1

Streak: Won 1

Head-to-head: 0-3-0

Leading Scorer: Emil Melin (42GP, 19G, 37A, 56P)

Top Goaltender: Emil Eriksson (10-11-0, 4.17 GAA, .889 SV%)

Power Play: 13th (49-249, 19.68%)

Penalty Kill: 7th (216-258, 83.72%)

 

El Paso Rhinos

Home Record: 18-0-0

Away Record: 21-0-0

Neutral Site: 2-2-0

Streak: Won 21

Head-to-head: 3-0-0

Leading Scorer: Matthew Plesa (39GP, 31G, 61A, 92P)

Top Goaltender: Adam Vay (23-1-0, 1.86 GAA, .933 SV%)

Power Play: 2nd (58-205, 28.29%)

Penalty Kill: 1st (271-300, 90.33%)

* El Paso has clinched first place in the Mountain Division, while Dallas has clinched the fourth position. They will meet in the opening round of the playoffs next weekend. *

Seattle Totems (11-29-4, 6th in Northwest Division) @ Missoula Maulers (18-22-4, 4th in Northwest Division)

Two-game series in Missoula, Montana

Seattle Totems

Home Record: 5-14-0

Away Record: 4-14-3

Neutral Site: 2-1-1

Streak: Lost 13

Head-to-head: 1-3-0

Leading Scorer: Frank Flight (44GP, 30G, 27A, 57P)

Top Goaltender: Cody Stein (1-6-0, 6.97 GAA, .842 SV%)

Power Play: 21st (36-225, 16.00%)

Penalty Kill: 18th (191-250, 76.40%)

 

Missoula Maulers

Home Record: 12-8-1

Away Record: 2-14-3

Neutral Site: 4-0-0

Streak: Won 3

Head-to-head: 3-0-1

Leading Scorer: Corey Schafer (38GP, 14G, 26A, 40P)

Top Goaltender: Sebastian Gronborg (7-4-1, 2.40 GAA, .914 SV%)

Power Play: 7th (51-238, 21.43%)

Penalty Kill: 8th (157-189, 83.07%)

* Missoula has clinched fourth place in the Northwest Division and will open the post-season on the road in Idaho. Seattle has been eliminated from playoff contention *

Colorado Jr. Eagles (25-17-2, 3rd in Mountain Division) vs. Cheyenne Stampede (28-14-2, 2nd in Mountain Division)

Home-and-home series played Friday in Fort Collins, Colorado and Saturday in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Colorado Jr. Eagles

Home Record: 11-8-1

Away Record: 12-7-1

Neutral Site: 2-2-0

Streak: Lost 1

Head-to-head: 2-1-1

Leading Scorer: Levi Weber (44GP, 30G, 22A, 52P)

Top Goaltender: Eric Messer (11-19-0, 3.89 GAA, .892 SV%)

Power Play: 18th (37-206, 17.96%)

Penalty Kill: 9th (210-253, 83.00%)

 

Cheyenne Stampede

Home Record: 14-4-2

Away Record: 13-7-0

Neutral Site: 1-3-0

Streak: Won 6

Head-to-head: 2-1-1

Leading Scorer: Russell Armbruster (41GP, 27G, 39A, 66P)

Top Goaltender: Rasmus Hansson (14-4-1, 2.81 GAA, .897 SV%)

Power Play: 3rd (73-264, 27.65%)

Penalty Kill: 12th (183-225, 81.33%)

* Cheyenne has clinched at least second place in the Mountain Division, with the opportunity to move into first if they can pick-up at least three points and also depending on what Phoenix does against New Mexico. Colorado has clinched third place and will open the playoffs on the road in either Cheyenne or Phoenix *

San Diego Gulls (8-33-3, 6th in Western Division) vs. Long Beach Bombers (26-18-0, 4th in Western Division)

Home-and-home series played Friday in Lakewood and Saturday in Escondido, California

San Diego Gulls

Home Record: 3-17-2

Away Record: 5-16-1

Neutral Site: 3-1-0

Streak: Lost 15

Head-to-head: 1-3-0

Leading Scorer: Michael Leone (43GP, 19G, 31A, 50P)

Top Goaltender: Brody Cavataio (5-15-1, 4.02 GAA, .899 SV%)

Power Play: 12th (44-214, 20.56%)

Penalty Kill: 22nd (117-167, 70.06%)

 

Long Beach Bombers

Home Record: 14-6-0

Away Record: 9-11-0

Neutral Site: 3-1-0

Streak: Won 11

Head-to-head: 3-1-0

Leading Scorer: Filip Martinec (42GP, 42G, 61A, 103P)

Top Goaltender: Talon Miller (14-9-0, 3.23 GAA, .893 SV%)

Power Play: 1st (68-216, 31.48%)

Penalty Kill: 16th (170-217, 78.34%)

* Long Beach has clinched fourth place in the Western Division and will open the playoffs on the road in Fresno. San Diego has been eliminated from playoff contention *

Idaho Jr. Steelheads (38-4-2, 1st in Northwest Division) @ Salt Lake City Moose (31-12-2, 2nd in Northwest Division)

Single game played Friday in West Valley City, Utah

Idaho Jr. Steelheads

Home Record: 18-0-1

Away Record: 17-3-1

Neutral Site: 3-1-0

Streak: Won 1

Head-to-head: 4-0-1 vs. SLC and 4-0-1 vs. OGD

Leading Scorer: Dak Dice (41GP, 12G, 38A, 50P)

Top Goaltender: Sean Healy (28-2-2, 1.78 GAA, .926 SV%)

Power Play: 5th (53-222, 23.87%)

Penalty Kill: 2nd (225-252, 89.29%)

 

Salt Lake City Moose

Home Record: 16-4-0

Away Record: 13-7-1

Neutral Site: 2-1-1

Streak: Won 5

Head-to-head: 1-3-1

Leading Scorer: Pat Dwyer (44GP, 27G, 26A, 53P)

Top Goaltender: Brad Robertson (16-4-2, 2.80 GAA, .911 SV%)

Power Play: 19th (40-231, 17.32%)

Penalty Kill: 13th (186-229, 81.22%)

* Idaho has clinched first place in the Northwest Division and will open the playoffs at home against Missoula. Salt Lake City has clinched at least third place and can finish second with a win over Idaho or an Ogden loss to Idaho on Saturday *

Ogden Mustangs (30-12-3, 3rd in Northwest Division) @ Idaho Jr. Steelheads

Single game played Saturday in McCall, Idaho

Ogden Mustangs

Home Record: 14-5-0

Away Record: 14-5-3

Neutral Site: 2-2-0

Streak: Lost 1

Head-to-head: 1-4-0

Leading Scorer: Dusty Watt (42GP, 30G, 31A, 61P)

Top Goaltender: Tyler Fallica (18-7-2, 2.39 GAA, .926 SV%)

Power Play: 4th (49-192, 25.52%)

Penalty Kill: 4th (212-246, 86.18%)

* Ogden has clinched at least third place in the Northwest Division and can move up to second with a Salt Lake City loss or tie on Friday night and a win over Idaho on Saturday *

Ontario Avalanche (32-10-3, 2nd in Western Division) @ Valencia Flyers (26-15-4, 3rd in Western Division)

Single game played Saturday in Valencia, California

Ontario Avalanche

Home Record: 15-4-2

Away Record: 13-6-1

Neutral Site: 4-0-0

Streak: Won 1

Head-to-head: 3-2-0

Leading Scorer: Antoine Maillard (44GP, 36G, 38A, 74P)

Top Goaltender: Daniel Cepila (13-7-0, 3.57 GAA, .901 SV%)

Power Play: 10th (44-213, 20.66%)

Penalty Kill: 14th (177-218, 81.19%)

 

Valencia Flyers

Home Record: 13-5-2

Away Record: 10-9-2

Neutral Site: 3-1-0

Streak: Won 2

Head-to-head: 2-3-0

Leading Scorer: Austin Ehrlich (42GP, 24G, 38A, 62P)

Top Goaltender: Mark Becica (20-6-1, 2.55 GAA, .908 SV%)

Power Play: 11th (51-248, 20.56%)

Penalty Kill: 17th (140-180, 77.78%)

* Valencia has clinched third place in the Western Division and will open up the playoffs on the road in Ontario, who have clinched second place in the division *